John Evans' Blog

Experience

by on Feb.27, 2007, under Uncategorized

I think it’s important for any creative person to realize that what they’re actually attempting to craft is an experience. For computer game designers, certainly, this should be uppermost in their minds…however, I think it can apply to novelists, TV show writers, whatever. It’s not that you’re creating a physical thing, it’s that you’re creating something that will enable your viewer/reader/player to have an interesting experience.

Well, this is my theory, anyway. I just had this kind of epiphany today and I thought I’d write it down. I suppose it may not be news to many people, but I’ve never quite thought of it before. Fortunately, I think it’s somewhat instinctive…especially in my more ambitious game designs, I think to myself, “Okay, I want the player to have a moment where they feel like THIS”…

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5 comments for this entry:
  1. angeldemonwoman

    No, I refuse to give you an experience through my art/music/writing. It’s forbidden.

    I think most people are trying to get something out, rather than trying to create an experience for other people… the latter is just an added effect to getting out a particular emotion.

    …But that’s what I think, and I’m completely out of it right now. …I’d say that I wouldn’t remember it tomorrow, but it’s likely that I will…

  2. johnevans

    Hm, well…It all depends on WHY you write. I mean, most people who write, write so that other people will read their writing. And they try to make their writing as ‘effective’ as possible, which means it causes some emotional response.

    This post was more about the ‘craft’ of writing than the reasons for it.

    But I’m not going to tell you you’re writing for the wrong reasons…that’s your decision. 😉

  3. angeldemonwoman

    …Most people who write are writing for others? I’m just a freak, then. Yeah, I’d want other people to read my things, but I’m not going to get upset if I send something to someone and they never read it. Perhaps that’s why I’m just writing to get things out right now.

    …What do you mean by the ‘craft’ of it?

  4. johnevans

    Like I said, you write for whatever reason you want. But there are a lot of people who, you know, write for money. 😉

    The craft of writing is…you know…the technique, learning to do it well, effectively, learning the different things you can do with it.

  5. angeldemonwoman

    Oh… yeah, that. I need to work with the ‘craft’ of it, I think… But I dunno.

    …Write for money. Waste of time. I mean… uh… good for them.
    Still, if they have no emotions to get out, they’re not going to make any money. I’d look at it this way: it’s a great way to get feelings out, the money is just a bit of an added plus.

    ……If you’re online, could you sign into a messenger somewhere?

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